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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
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London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
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Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
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Metro Briefs July 21
The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Speaker Linda Nyman, co-owner of Penn Brewery, will...
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PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
After more than 70 years of fostering positive interfaith relations, advocating for a host of social justice issues and producing some key players on the national and international stage, the Pitts...
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Metro Briefs July 14
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. The winners will be awarded one Gold Prize of $10,000 and tw...
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What the Civil War meant for American Jews, then and now
by Jonathan D. Sarna
For the Forward
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WALTHAM, Mass. — The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us. April 12 is the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the war’s opening shot. From then, through the sesquicentennial anniver...
Yiddish lit professor says mamma loschen led to modernity
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
To Ruth Wisse, world-renown professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard University, the modernization of the Jewish people can be found in Yiddish literature. “Jews became modern mos...
Wecht, other Jewish candidates file to run in off-year elections
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Several Jewish candidates from the Pittsburgh area have filed for state, county and local races in the May 17 primary elections. Among the best-known candidates, Common Pleas Judge David Wecht is m...
Peter Beinart to speak here on failure of American Jewish establishment
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In May 2010, Peter Beinart issued a wake-up call to the American Jewish establishment. Namely, that it was failing. In Beinart’s essay, published in the New York Review of Books, he eschews Jewish ...
Panelist drops put of AWC program with Farrakhan
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2011 | 8 8 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Minister Louis Farrakhan will be sharing the stage with one fewer panelist this Friday night at the August Wilson Center. Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civi...
In the spirit of the Mishnah, freeing up the seder
by JTA
Mar 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- You can find the secret to creating lively Passover seders in a surprising place -- an 1,800-year-old law code called the Mishnah. For starters, the Mishnah did not envision reci...
‘The Assistant’ a gritty tale of survival in Depression-era America
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: “Retro Reviews,” is a yearlong series in which Chronicle Correspondent Hilary Daninhirsch will review Jewish-themed books that have been out of print for decades, or perhaps remain ...
Palestinian doctor who preaches understanding returns to Pittsburgh
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish first reached the world with screams of anguish. In 2009, the Gazan doctor, who worked in Israel, called into an Israeli news broadcast shortly after three of his daughters h...
Pittsburgh effort takes teachers, students to Poland, Israel
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 03, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh educators and students will move beyond brick and mortar walls this summer. A newly formed non-profit, called Classrooms Without Borders, will have Pittsburgh education specialist Zipora...
JFilm Festival opens 18th annual season with ‘The Infidel’
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 03, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm, formerly known as the Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival, has released the lineup for its 18th annual festival with a hilarious, but sympathetic movie about discovering a new identity. ...